Cinema Gourmet, Golden Isles Arts and Humanities’ series pairing food with classic films, kicks off the 2019-20 season at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10 with Charles Laughton’s beautiful and terrifying masterpiece, “The Night of the Hunter.” The film’s screening and discussion will be paired with the food of Chef Judah Lynch and Indigo Coastal Shanty.
Released in 1955 and adapted by James Agee from a novel by Davis Grubb, “The Night of the Hunter” was actor Charles Laughton’s only film directing effort. This classic tale of good vs. evil features phony preacher Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum), who marries a gullible widow (Shelly Winters) whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he’d stolen in a robbery. With “Love” and “Hate” tattooed across his knuckles, Mitchum’s Powell is brilliantly terrifying in his murderous search for the money, sending the two children on a journey to safety in the home of a scripture-quoting older lady (Lillian Gish) who seems the least likely of saviors. Overlooked on its first release, “The Night of the Hunter” is now regarded as a classic and has been preserved in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
The remainder of the season includes “Duck Soup” on Nov. 14, “The Magic Flute” on Jan. 9, 2020, “Moby Dick” on Feb. 13, 2020, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” on March 19 and on April 9, the season will conclude with “Raising Arizona.”
Cinema Gourmet audiences have grown tremendously over the last several years. Because of the limited number of seats available for the food, talk and movie, audience members must purchase their tickets early. The deadline for buying tickets for “The Night of the Hunter” is midnight Oct. 7. Tickets are $18, and can be purchased by phone with a credit card or in person at the Ritz Theatre 1530 Newcastle St., in Brunswick, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Tickets may also be purchased securely online at www.goldenislesarts.org, or for the talk and movie only, they may be purchased at the door for $7 each. Details: 912-262-6934.